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Restoring Trees After a Hurricane

After a hurricane, you may need to remove severely damaged trees. But sometimes, with careful management, your trees can be restored.

To get started, follow these steps immediately after the storm.
Look for signs to see if a tree can be saved. Major limbs or trunks should not be cracked, dead, or broken. Any damage should be limited to small branches, and roots shouldn’t be exposed or lifted out of the soil.

Remove any dead, broken, or hanging branches. Watch the tree throughout the following year. It may recover if new sprouts and leaves appear along branches. However, if defoliation occurs, this may be a sign that the tree will not fully recover.

Although storm damage may seem devastating at first, many trees can be saved and preserved.


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